Pump Recommendation For 225 Gallon Low Tech Planted Tank

E.TNBuckeye
  • #1
Hello,

I'm setting up a 225 gallon low tech planted angelfish tank in my home office. My filtration will be a couple of sand filters run by powerheads and a few large sponge filters (two large ATI stacks and a few attached to the back wall).

I haven't used air pumps for filtration in many years. Can I get a recomendation on a few pumps for this application? Cost of the unit, cost of running, capability and how quiet it is (my kids watch movies and sleep in my basement office on the weekends) are all factors.

Thanks in advance.
 
max h
  • #2
For a 225 gallon I would run a sump as the first choice for filtration, and then canisters after that.
 
E.TNBuckeye
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
For a 225 gallon I would run a sump as the first choice for filtration, and then canisters after that.
Yep I had planned for a 60 gallon sump and still have all the equipment , but my wife decided she didn't want the plumbing/sump in the newly finished basement.

So a recommendation would be appreciated .

TIA
 
coralbandit
  • #4
Alita 6a should run you fine .
Quietest pumps I have ever owned.
You will not find a quiet pump at any store IMO and if you think one from LFS is quiet you should [not] hear the alitas.
I run them [larger and still amazingly quiet ]in my fish room.
 
max h
  • #5
Well if she doesn't want the plumbing associated with a sump, I would throw a pair of FX 6's or 4's on it and call it a day.
 
E.TNBuckeye
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
I found a good deal on a used Alita al-15a. However, it doesn't have the little nozzle for the tube that would lead to the manifold. Does anyone know where to get that without paying crazy shipping? I don't mind paying the shipping from a site if there's other stuff I need to buy to get the free shipping. But the only sites I can find with the adaptors are pond sites and there's just nothing they carry that I need.

Thanks in advance.
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coralbandit
  • #7
Found the whole manifold and fitting ;



Both pretty expensive if added to price of even used pump .
A new 15a is $105 or $115 with the manifold
I have the small tube fitting[extra] but it does not fit the manifolds . It fits aprox 3/8 inch ID tubing.
 
E.TNBuckeye
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
Coralbandit,

Thanks for your help. I bought both the used Alita Al-15a and the adaptor/manifold from the pond place. I know not everyone likes this, but I'm gonna run some huge stacked sponges and an UG filter on my 225 along with two sand filters. I just decided to get the most biological filtration I could while also keeping the system simple and power consumption low.

My Philippine and Pinoy angels have gotten really big in my grow-out tanks and I'm anxious to get them in the big tank. I've been using sponge filters and gravel plants etc in the grow-out tanks so hopefully I have enough bacteria built up to cycle this tank quickly.

Thanks again for your help.
 

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